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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Physics of a Truly Amazing Throw
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Alan M. Nathan

03-26

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My Model Portfolio: A Loaded Outfield
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Paul Sporer

03-19

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The Darkhorses: Runs Batted In
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BP Fantasy Staff

03-18

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The Darkhorses: Home Runs
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BP Fantasy Staff

02-20

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Tale of the Tape: Yoenis Cespedes vs. Wil Myers
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Wilson Karaman

12-18

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More Moneyball
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Andrew Koo

11-14

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Fantasy Team Preview: Oakland Athletics
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Ben Carsley

10-16

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BP Unfiltered: Advance Scouting Series Compilation (UPDATED)
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Baseball Prospectus

06-14

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Pebble Hunting: A Week of Watching Yoenis Cespedes
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Sam Miller

11-28

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Pebble Hunting: The Year in Hustle
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Sam Miller

10-22

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BP Unfiltered: The Four Who Voted Against Trout for ROY
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Sam Miller

10-10

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Punk Hits: A Cespedes for the Rest of Us
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Ian Miller

10-03

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BP Unfiltered: Nothing Can Be Uncontroversial (A Collection of Tweets)
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Sam Miller

10-01

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, October 1
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Matthew Kory

10-01

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What You Need to Know: Monday, October 1
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Daniel Rathman

09-27

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The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, September 27
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Matthew Kory

09-27

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Revisiting the Foreign Imports
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Derek Carty

09-11

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Western Front: Céspedes Won't Be Leaving to Join Devo
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Geoff Young

08-16

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BP Unfiltered: Forever Young
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Sam Miller

08-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 13: TIE Fighter
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-24

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The Prospectus Hit List: Tuesday, July 24
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Matthew Kory

06-06

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The Platoon Advantage: Oakland is Just Terrible (No Offense)
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Jason Wojciechowski

05-17

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Catching Up With International Imports
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Derek Carty

05-14

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Transaction Analysis: Vlad to Be There
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R.J. Anderson

04-26

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The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, April 26
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Matthew Kory

04-17

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Western Front: They Came from Across the Sea
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Geoff Young

04-12

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The Prospectus Hit List: April 12, 2012
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Matthew Kory

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Overthinking It: Seven Things You Didn't See Last Season
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Ben Lindbergh

04-06

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Resident Fantasy Genius: 10 Bold Fantasy Predictions
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Derek Carty

03-28

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Pebble Hunting: The Burden of Batting Fourth
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Sam Miller

02-14

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The BP First Take: Tuesday, February 14
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Daniel Rathman

02-14

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Transaction Analysis: More on Yoenis Cespedes and the A's
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Ben Lindbergh

12-19

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Future Shock: Exclusive First Look: Yoenis Cespedes Encore
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Kevin Goldstein

11-07

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Future Shock: Yoenis Cespedes: The Showcase
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Kevin Goldstein

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Quantifying the degree of difficulty of Yoenis Cespedes' incredible outfield assist.

Alan Nathan is Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After a long career doing things like measuring the electric and magnetic polarizabilities of the proton and studying the quark structure of nucleons, he now devotes his time and effort to the physics of baseball. He maintains an oft-visited website devoted to that subject: go.illinois.edu/physicsofbaseball.

When I woke up on Wednesday morning and checked my overnight Twitter timeline, I found considerable buzz about an incredible throw made by Oakland A’s left fielder Yoenis Cespedes on Tuesday night.


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March 26, 2014 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: A Loaded Outfield

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Paul Sporer

Paul bets on rebounds from Jason Heyward and Yoenis Cespedes, and spends no more than $14 on each of his pitchers.

On Friday, Mike Gianella released his latest mixed league Bid Limits, which spurred an idea from Bret Sayre called Model Portfolios, wherein the fantasy staff (and anyone else on the BP roster who wants to participate) will create their own team within the confines of a standard 23-man, $260 budget. The roster being constructed includes: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, OFx5, UTx2, and Px9 along with the following standards issued by Sayre:

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March 19, 2014 6:00 am

The Darkhorses: Runs Batted In

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BP Fantasy Staff

A look at the hitters who could outperform their PECOTA projections in RBI.

One of the fun ways we all try to outsmart our opponents in fantasy is by searching for hidden value in players who, for one reason or another, we suspect have the ability to outpace their projections (and, relatedly, their draft cost). Our Darkhorses series features staff picks for players who could very well outpace their PECOTA projections for the year and provide the top overall production in one of the standard five-by-five categories. We’ve all picked one player currently projected by PECOTA to fall outside of the top 10 and one longer-shot player currently projected outside of the top 25. We’ll take a look at offense this week and pitching next. For the earlier editions in this series, click below:

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March 18, 2014 6:00 am

The Darkhorses: Home Runs

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BP Fantasy Staff

A look at the hitters who could outperform their PECOTA projections in the power department.

One of the fun ways we all try to outsmart our opponents in fantasy is by searching for hidden value in players who, for one reason or another, we suspect have the ability to outpace their projections (and, relatedly, their draft cost). Our Darkhorses series features staff picks for players who could very well outpace their PECOTA projections for the year and provide the top overall production in one of the standard five-by-five categories. We’ve all picked one player currently projected by PECOTA to fall outside of the top 10 and one longer shot player currently projected outside of the top 25. We’ll take a look at offense this week and pitching next. Yesterday’s look at batting average is here. And, without further ado, here are some players capable of teaching Chris Davis a thing or two about hitting dingers this year:

OUTSIDE THE TOP 10

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February 20, 2014 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Yoenis Cespedes vs. Wil Myers

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Wilson Karaman

Which of these two high-ceiling outfielders should you target this spring?

In today’s “Tale of the Tape,” we’ll take a gander at a couple of American League sluggers and see if we can shed some light on what looks to be a very tough decision for fantasy owners. Should you be more willing to invest in a bounce-back season by 2012’s would-be AL Rookie of the Year (non-Mike Trout division), Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes? Or is it a better bet to bank on a breakout first full season from the current reigning AL Rookie of the Year, Tampa Bay’s Wil Myers?

Cespedes burst onto the scene in his stateside debut two years ago with a scorching .311 TAv as an already-in-his-prime rookie, flashing 30/20 potential and solid on-base skills despite some issues with nagging injuries. Last season was a different story, though, as nearly everything in his offensive profile took several steps in the wrong direction and he again battled the injury bug, declining to a .275 TAv that returned just the 43rd-highest value among outfielders. Meanwhile, Tampa was quick to enjoy the spoils of last off-season’s infamous trade of James Shields that netted them the BP 101’s no. 7 prospect in all of baseball from Kansas City. Following a mid-June promotion Myers raked to the tune of a .296 TAv, and he looks poised to anchor the middle of the Rays lineup alongside Evan Longoria for a very, very long time. Both rate as three star options for 2014 according to Mike Gianella’s impressively exhaustive look at the outfield position, with Myers holding a nominal seven-spot advantage on the list. The two are currently going back-to-back in the middle of the fifth round of standard NFBC drafts (67th and 68th overall), and PECOTA projects nearly identical lines for the two (.260/.326/.454 for Myers vs. .261/.322/.457 for Cespedes). So let’s check these guys out and see if there might be a lil’ bit more upside with one of them for fantasy owners to gamble on.

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December 18, 2013 6:40 am

More Moneyball

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Andrew Koo

In addition to exploiting lefty-righty matchups, the A's also have a significant edge in the air.

The Oakland Athletics finished 2013 with baseball's fourth-lowest payroll, fourth-best offense, and best clubhouse chemistry. Debate has centered on whether the latter two are related. There’s nothing objectionable about “good guy” genes—it’s a solid organizational goal to have. But chemistry alone doesn’t put runs on the board, and if a team is missing the talent, they better find the runs elsewhere. The 2002 Athletics discovered them in walk deities and college arms; once those methods pervaded front offices, the A’s slipped back into losing. Was chemistry the only undervalued commodity of their recent resurgence?

As the baseball community obtains more knowledge, roster construction strategies evolve. Previously undervalued talents like walks and defense are now accepted constructs. The A’s are Hollywood-infamous for adopting them before their competitors while prices were low. After a 74-win 2011, they cheaply signed Brandon Inge and Jonny Gomes, who Brandon McCarthy claimed bolstered the clubhouse DNA to the tune of 20 wins. But Inge and Gomes were two of several players who also bolstered a less-visible statistic: fly ball-to-ground ball ratio.

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November 14, 2013 6:04 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Oakland Athletics

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Ben Carsley

A power-packed middle of the order and a postseason darling on the mound are among the players who ought to pique your interest in Bob Melvin's bunch.

The Athletics were the surprise winners of the AL West last year, relying on a power-heavy offense and good, young pitching to conquer preseason favorites in Texas and Los Angeles (of Anaheim).

Fantasy owners who took gambles on some Athletics players last year were largely rewarded, as some oft-injured contributors stayed healthy, while some relative unknowns emerged as reliable fantasy assets. Were said performances sustainable, or should fantasy players stay away from the offense-suppressing environment in Oakland? We take a look in this early preview.

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The BP Prospect Team bring you advanced scouting reports for the 2013 playoffs.

Throughout the past two weeks, Jason Parks and the Baseball Prospectus prospect team have been writing detailed reports on key players to enhance your enjoyment of the MLB playoffs. Below is every published report in a single post.

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June 14, 2013 5:00 am

Pebble Hunting: A Week of Watching Yoenis Cespedes

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Sam Miller

In which last year's Rookie of the Year runner-up adjusts to his opponents' adjustment in his sophomore season.

Was going to watch Yoenis Cespedes for a week because he was hitting so poorly. Was going to start watching on Tuesday, June 4. He entered the day hitting .229/.302/.447. Yes, you can spot the hole where a better BABIP would provide a convenient fill, but there were plenty of signs that Cespedes was stalled: two steals in seven tries, for instance, after swiping 16 in 20 attempts last year; a .203/.241/.414 line against right-handers, whom he had handled well in 2012.

So that’s where Cespedes was when I sat down to watch a week of him. That was in the past. Now we’re in the future! Isn’t it marvelous? Look at my cellular phone, it has a camera! Also, Yoenis Cespedes is having a good year. Just like that, Cespedes went from having a bad sophomore season for me to write about to having a pretty good season (118 OPS+) for me to write about. What happened in those seven days, you might wonder. Mostly:

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November 28, 2012 5:00 am

Pebble Hunting: The Year in Hustle

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Sam Miller

Determining what a hustle play looks like, and then watching the best ones.

Winfield's Dictionary defines hustle as 

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Four players voted against MIke Trout for ROY.

Mike Trout won the Sporting News Rookie of the Year award, which is voted on by players. There were 92 votes. Trout got...88 of them. Four players voted for somebody other than Trout for Rookie of the Year. 

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On Oakland's budget, a GM can't afford to spend $36 million and whiff. WIth Yoenis Cespedes, Billy Beane didn't.

Last night, in the first inning of Game 3 of the Oakland-Detroit American League Division Series, Yoenis Cespedes knocked in what would prove to be the winning run. In Game 2 of that series, Yoenis Cespedes led off the top of the eighth inning with a single. Then he stole second. And third, without drawing a throw. Then he scored the tying run on a wild pitch.1

Throughout that sequence, the A’s radio broadcasters (I believe Ray Fosse and Ken Korach) couldn’t stop invoking the name of St. Rickey. They talked about the Henderson-esque explosiveness of Cespedes’ steal of second and how Rickey would often swipe third without a throw.

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